2021 NZ Data Science Platform Workshop on MBIE SSIF/Catalyst Programmes

19 November 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom
Host: Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)

Programme Overview

This is the first workshop on MBIE SSIF/Catalyst Programmes on Data Science in New Zealand.

The brief programme of the workshop is as follows.

Time Schedule Chair
9:30-10:00 Opening Mengjie Zhang
10:00-12:00 Presentation from each programme -- key members, major progress, achievements, and challenges Chris Dean
12:00-12:30 Lunch break  
12:30-13:00 Discussion on recruitment of postdocs and postgraduate students and researcher skill development: experience and challenges Albert Bifet
13:00-13:30 Discussion on Mātauranga in the science system Peter-Lucas Jones
13:30-14:00 Discussion on cooperation and collaboration: experience and challenges Danette Olsen
14:00-14:30 Updates Danette Olsen
14:30-14:45 Closing Danette Olsen
A detailed agenda/programme of the workshop can be found at the link .

The notes for the workshop can be found at the link (password is needed).

Attendees and Photos

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The Organising Team


Danette Olsen, Alice Tappenden, Neb Svrzikapa, Terence Hikawai


Chris Dean, Mengjie Zhang, Ying Bi, Fangfang Zhang

Presentations/Talks and Slides

Strategic Science Investment Fund - MBIE

Programme Leader/Presenter Slides
Time-Evolving Data Science/Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Open Environmental Science Albert Bifet Slides
A Language Platform for a Multilingual Aotearoa Peter-Lucas Jones Slides
Beyond Prediction: Explanatory and Transparent Data Science Mark Gahegan Slides
Data Science for Aquaculture Mengjie Zhang Slides
Catalyst Fund - MBIE

Programme Leader/Presenter Slides
Advanced Graph Analytics for Human Brain Connectivity Miao Qiao Slides
Natural Language Processing for Q&A in Indigenous/Vernacular Languages Ruili Wang Slides
Bridging the Gap between Remote Sensing and Tree Modelling with Data Science Jan Schindler Slides
Computational Neuro-genetic Modelling for Diagnosis and Prognosis in Mental Health Maryam Doborjeh and Nik Kasabov Slides

  • Updates on Mid-term Review by Catherine Hunter Slides
  • Collaboration and cooperation in the programme of Data Science for Aquaculture by Ross Vennell Slides
  • National AI Strategy/White Paper PDF

Video of Workshop

The workshop video is shared. A password is needed to access the video (expired by 24 May 2022): video link


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Next year

The 2022 NZ Data Science Platform Workshop on MBIE SSIF/Catalyst Programmes will be organised by the team from the University of Waikato.